When the sun shines in the capital, it’s time to get outdoors and soak up the sun. If you’re staying at the Grand Royale London Hyde Park Hotel this summer there’s plenty to keep you entertained outside when the mercury rises, from attractions open every day to outdoor everts you’ll want to be a part of.
Among the activities to add to your summer 2017 plans are these eight outdoor experiences.
Relax in the Royal Parks
The summer months are perfect for lazing around in the sun. You might think that the sprawling urban city of London has little to offer in the way of greenery but the Royal Parks are perfect if you simply want to relax. Hyde Park is ideally situated for visiting from the Grand Royale Hotel and if you want to explore there are plenty of memorials to view, plus, a boating lake and sports centre.
Go on a safari
You don’t have to leave the UK to experience an incredible safari. During the summer, London Zoo is open later on select days for a Sunset Safari. You can stroll around the exhibits during the day before listening to animal talks or hopping into a safari truck as the sun sets. Food stalls, music, and live entertainment all add to the whole experience. You’ll feel like you’ve left London behind in no time at all.
Take in a gig
Every year the iconic Somerset House hosts its summer series, bringing you a world-class line-up in the open air. Amid the grandeur of an eighteenth-century courtyard you can listen to a range of performers and the series this year doesn’t disappoint. But you’ll need to get your tickets soon if you want to be a part of it. This year’s performers include Birdy, Foster The People, Norah Jones, and The Cinematic Orchestra.
Explore the markets
The markets of London are an attraction at any time of the year but in the summer, they really come alive. Sunny weather provides the perfect condition for browsing through a range of treasures and stopping for street food and a refreshing smoothie between stalls. In addition to the well-known Camden, Brick Lane, Portobello, and Borough markets there are plenty of lessen known ones where you can bag unique gifts, vintage clothes, and antiques too.
Watch an outdoor show
You don’t have to go to the West End to watch a live performance. Is there a better way to spend a summer evening than at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre? Among the shows, you can pick from this year are A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist, Jesus Christ Superstar, and On the Town. There’s plenty to choose from when it comes to pre-theatre food and drinks too, with a picnic area, barbeque, and cafes all at the venue.
Head to a beer garden or roof top bar
If you want to kick back and relax, there’s plenty of bars and pubs that don’t mean you have to head indoors. Among the bars offering incredible views are the Rumpus Room, Aqua, and Frank’s Café, a multi-storey car park in Peckham that’s transformed each summer. For beer gardens try heading to the Perkin Reveller near Tower Bridge or The Avalon in Clapham.
Try out some watersports
London weather isn’t always great for watersports fans so take advantage of the opportunity during the summer months. The Watersports Centre at Surrey Docks has plenty of activities to choose from, including sailing, wind surfing, and kayaking. Whether you’re a complete beginner or are honing your skills, you’re sure to have a blast on the 1 kilometre dock.
Sightsee from two wheels
Many of London’s famous sights are best seen as you explore. Hop on one of the self-service cycle hire bikes and take yourself on a fantastic sightseeing tour on two wheels. Following the path of the Thames will take you past many of the city’s iconic sights, including Tower Bridge, the London Eye, and Saint Paul’s Cathedral. You can even download routes from Transport for London to follow.
Don’t forget there’s plenty of one-day events being held across London in the summer months, including Notting Hill Carnival, the BST Hyde Park festival, Pride Parade, and Sunfall – so make sure you check out the calendar of events too. With so much to get through this summer, staying at Hyde Park Hotel Bayswater means you’ll be right at the heart of where the action is.